Mumbai, First Published Jan 14, 2022, 6:05 PM IST
Cape Town: Former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has announced that Ajinkya Rahane’s tenure in the Indian Test team has come to an end after failing to shine in the Cape Town Cricket Test (SA vs IND) against South Africa. “Cheteshwar Pujara can be given another chance, but there is no point in giving another chance to Rahane, who has not shone for the last three or four years,” Manjrekar told Cricinfo.
Rahane’s dismissals were a combination of excellent ball, Moses and form. Let him go back to first-class cricket. Let him regain his old glory by playing Ranji Trophy. However, I am not ready to give Rahane another chance. But I will give Pujara another chance. Rahane has not put up any good performances for the team in the last three or four years. Manjrekar said Rahane had done nothing to retain his place in the playing XI except for his century in Melbourne against Australia.
Rahane, who was named in the playing XI for all three Tests against South Africa, has scored just 136 runs in six innings. This is the fifth time since 2020 that Rahane has averaged less than 25 in a two-nation series.
Former South African Daryl Cullinan, who was part of the Cricket Info discussion, has suggested that opener Mayank Agarwal will accompany Rahane in the series against Sri Lanka in India in February. Cullinan said Rahane should be replaced by one of the youngsters in the team.
Last Updated Jan 14, 2022, 6:05 PM IST